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Cardio Tennis: Reaching Their Cardio Summit

30 top tennis and fitness professionals go through intensive Cardio Tennis training and education. The comments that came back following the Cardio Tennis Trainer Summit in April were, in a word, awesome.

“Thank you for an incredible weekend. I learned so much and am feeling inspired to grow Cardio Tennis. I feel honored and privileged to be on your team,” said Andrew Sirota of Wayne, N.J.

“Amazing. I always leave with more knowledge and gain that much more to make me better,” added Marcy Bruce of McMurray, Pa.

“What a great Cardio Tennis Summit. No matter how often I am with you and the rest of the group, I learn so much,” said Bruce Levine of New Haven, Conn.

The two-and-a-half-day CT Trainer Summit was held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., April 10-12, put together by Cardio Tennis National Manager Michele Krause and her core team, including Dorian Adam of Bend, Ore., Lance Andersen of Boxborough, Mass., and Ted Murray of Boulder, Co. Thirty select tennis and fitness professionals from across the U.S. took part, learning the skills and knowledge required to be a TIA Cardio Tennis Trainer.

“We trained the trainers,” Krause said. “These 30 professionals were chosen based on their tennis and fitness experience, and passion for Cardio Tennis and the role fitness plays in our sport. Now, they’re qualified to deliver official Cardio Tennis education to tennis and fitness professionals around the country and the world, so that those pros can bring quality Cardio Tennis programs to consumers and players.” Cardio Tennis is offered in more than 30 countries, including as a key pillar for tennis participation in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., more than 1.7 million people participate in Cardio Tennis.

The CT Summit kicked off with a welcome from IMG Academy founder and tennis Hall-of-Famer Nick Bollettieri. Then David Thompson of Polar USA talked to the group about the use of heart-rate monitors for Cardio Tennis participants, to make sure they’re receiving maximum benefit from their on-court activity. Over the course of the weekend, the CT Trainers were coached and evaluated on feeding technique, delivery of Cardio Tennis games, warm-up and cool-down activities, as well as personal fitness. Besides Krause, other speakers included Cassiano Costa, the head tennis fitness trainer at IMG, and Jeff Smith from Rapid Force.

There also was a “Calorie Burn Challenge,” with 28 trainers participating. Over the course of the two days, the group burned a total of 140,570 calories. The highest woman calorie-burner was Marley Woods of Bristol, Tenn., with 6,298; the leader for the men was Michael Branan of Longwood, Fla., who burned 10,233 calories.

Also during the weekend, 36 professionals participated in a Cardio Tennis “Triples” tournament. The winning team consisted of Jack Steyn of Bradenton, Fla., Sirota, and Woods. In addition, there were TRX Cardio Tennis workouts and IMG protocol pro training sessions. The third day of the Summit included a seven-hour Cardio Tennis course delivered to 45 participants by multiple members of the CT Trainer Team.

“It was an incredible weekend of learning, bonding, teamwork and personal growth,” Krause said. “The members of the TIA Cardio Tennis Team are the best in the business, and their passion and energy over the weekend was off the charts. As an educational team, we are now that much stronger and evolved to continue providing some of the very best education in the tennis industry.”

2015 TIA Cardio Tennis Trainers

For more about Cardio Tennis, including training for tennis providers, visit or contact Krause at or 941-457-7880.



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